Top Foreign Affairs Republican: 'It would benefit all of us' for Omar, Tlaib to visit Israel

Top Foreign Affairs Republican: 'It would benefit all of us' for Omar, Tlaib to visit Israel
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House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulTexas Republicans sound alarm about rapidly evolving state Overnight Defense: GOP grumbles after Trump delays military projects for wall | House panel hints at subpoena for Afghanistan envoy | Kabul bombing raises doubts about Taliban talks House panel calls for Afghanistan envoy to testify about deal with Taliban, hints at subpoena MORE (R-Texas) on Thursday reportedly criticized Israel's decision to block Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight We must stand together against hatred MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 We must stand together against hatred GOP retreat creates WiFi password blasting socialism MORE (D-Minn.) from visiting the country.

"Israel is a U.S. ally and a thriving bastion of democracy and hope for freedom-loving people of the world. It would benefit all of us for Reps. Tlaib and Omar to see that firsthand," McCaul said, per Reuters's Patricia Zengerle.

Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE on Thursday announced that Tlaib and Omar would not be able to enter the country for a planned visit this weekend because of their previous comments critical of Israel.

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The decision to block the first two Muslim women elected to Congress was announced moments after President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE tweeted that it would show "great weakness" for Israel to allow the pair into the country, calling them a “disgrace.”

Tlaib and Omar have been vocal advocates of Palestinian rights and have backed the movement to boycott Israel.

The decision to block their trip has been met with universal condemnation by Democrats, as well as a handful of Republicans, including Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP group's ad calls on Graham to push for election security: 'Are you still trying?' Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick joins CBS News as contributor Trump: Bolton 'was holding me back' on Venezuela MORE (Fla.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsHouse passes bill to begin scenic byways renaissance Senators say Trump open to expanding background checks Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (Maine).

Other Republicans, including Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP group's ad calls on Graham to push for election security: 'Are you still trying?' Cruz to oppose Trump appeals court pick Senators pressure Trump to help end humanitarian crisis in Kashmir MORE (S.C.) and Rick Scott (Fla.), have defended the decision, arguing that Tlaib and Omar have made irredeemable comments about both Israel and Jewish people more broadly.